1/20/14

Hero Arts Hostess Hop 2014



This year I am even more excited to participate in our annual hop because I have gained even more respect and admiration for the people behind Hero Arts. Last week, I attended CHA in Anaheim, CA and was fortunate to meet some of my stamping idols. You know, without realizing it, when you blog, and you create, and you share, over the years, you just naturally form these connections and friendships. For me, the core of my "stamping career" has always always been Hero Arts. One of the highlight of the trip was meeting Aaron, the owner of Hero Arts, Lisa Spangler and Jennifer McGuire. Aaron was just wonderful! I really appreciated him taking so much time to give us advice and encouragement. He is truly an inspiration and have really changed the lives of many people. And what can I say about Lisa and Jenn? They are both amazing and have always been solid supporters of me and Mama Elephant. I love them to pieces. :)

Here's a picture our friend Lynn captured of us chatting with Aaron and Lisa, and you can see Jenn too! I'm in the polka dots. :P


Thank you Aaron, Lisa, and Jennifer for all your support and guidance.

And so it goes without saying that I am happy to reunite with all my beautiful Hero Hostesses today to show you some brand new stamps from the newest 2014 catalog! You should've found your way here from my cutie pie friend Kathy Racoosin's blog.

I made two cards for today's hop focusing on gold glitter. I think I've been on a gold rush for awhile now, I have found that glitter is the perfect companion to CAS cards. It makes everything so much better!

Here's my first card using stamps using CL736 For Your Kindness. I stamped the image then drew in shading myself with a thin Micron pen. I drew in diagonal lines and it seems to make the stamp pop. I also did some light shading with a grey Copic marker (C1), just for some added dimension.



The glitter circles were punched with a 5/8" circle punch from gold glitter cardstock. I just adhered the glitter circles onto my card base in a random diagonal-ish pattern. The stamped image was cut out and popped up with 3d foam.

Here's my second card using CL749 Looks Good. I love the fun, trendy camera images in this set. They're really cute with a whimsical hand drawn feel. I stamped the mini polaroid stamp 6 times and cut them out. I did some light shading again with a grey Copic marker and used a different color for the polaroid's "indicator light". 


To create the glitter diagonal border, I started off with a full size glitter 4x5.25 cardstock. I rotated it about 45 degrees and cut them into 1/2" increment strips using the ruler grids on my trimmer to guide me along and keep me straight and aligned.

Thanks for stopping by today, the next stop is Tiffany Ervin!

391 comments:

  1. LOOOOOOOVE your Awesome Kryssi cards...you have a style like no other!! xoxoxoxo

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  2. Loved reading your post Kryssi! So excited for you and ME and it's wonderful to read how supportive others in this fantastic industry are!

    Gold, I love gold and both of your cards are over the top wow!

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  3. Oh Kryssi.. you have such an elegant style that I have always loved and admired. Love both cards!! Meeting you was a highlight of CHA. Hugs, Kathy

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  4. Kryssi, fabulous cards and wonderful post! Love your designs and all the brilliant details!

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  5. Love all that glittery gold, Kryssi! Beautiful cards!

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  6. Love all that fabulous gold, such trendy designs!!!

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  7. gorgeous cards with all that lovely gold glitter!

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  8. Such elegant cards, love both of them.

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  9. LOVE your sparkley gold cards!

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  10. Your cards are so creative and contemporary and beautiful!! Love the gold dots especially!! Hugs.

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  11. These are fabulous Kryssi! I love how you have added the "lines" to the banner and the gold is perfect!

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  12. These are wow cards! So pretty and sparkly. How clever to fill in with diagonals on your first card. Love the diagonal glitter stripes on the second card.

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  13. Gorgeous, Kryssi!! Love all the glittery goldness!! You rocked this set! So glad you got to meet the Hero Arts team!! Best wishes on your continued success with Mama Elephant!

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  14. Love the gold and white. A little glitz always is great fun!

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  15. Nothing like a little gold sparkle to set off a card!

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  16. Who doesn't love a card with gold glitter?! Beautiful!

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  17. Lovely use of glitter paper, without being too much! Very elegant!

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  18. Lovely use of glitter paper, without being too much! Very elegant!

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  19. stripes and dots, what more does a card need? Love your glitter cards! TFS!

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  20. The gold glitter elements look awesome on the crisp white, Kryssi! And I love how you added the diagonal lines to your stamped banner - the perfect touch, I'll have to remember that one! So wonderful for you to have such support in the industry for Mama Elephant too!!

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  21. Love your glitzy cards, Kryssi, and what a lovely tribute to Hero Arts!

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  22. Like your glitter dots and stripes. thanks for sharing how you did them.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  23. These are so glamorous and glittery! Love, love, love 'em!

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  24. Love the glittery gold on each card! So pretty!

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  25. Lovely shimmery goodness! Fabulous designs!

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  26. Love your glitzy goodness on all your cards.

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  27. How fun!! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  28. Hey everything that glitters IS gold!! I love your cards!! TFS

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  29. Great cards Kryssi! I love your style of card making, it's fun and fresh! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

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  30. Two great cards! Thanks for explaining how simply you added the glitter!

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  31. Your cards speak my language - loves of glitter and shine! Beautiful!

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  32. I'm in love with your CAS designs and all that lovely glitter! Fun hoppin' with you!

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  33. Great CAS cards! I love the gold bling!

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  34. These are just gorgeous! I love the gold glitter, so pretty!

    love Mags B x

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  35. Love the use of glitter on these - such wonderful cards

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  36. Thanks for sharing your CHA picture with the GREAT Hero Arts folks, Kryssi! I adore your gold rush-themed cards! They are so exquisite with your golden touches!

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  37. Fabulous cards Kryssi, Love all the gold!!

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  38. I love the way you used gold on both of this beautiful cards!

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  39. Great use of that glittery gold. Well done.

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  40. Love your glittery gold cards. I too have met Aaron and you are right he's the best!

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  41. Wonderful, simple cards. Glitter does make fun cards. The cameras are so fun-the bring back some fun memories which probably dates me a bit. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  42. Well made glitter paper makes cards like yours so much easier than having to adhere the glitter, doesn't it? These are both so cute!

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  43. I love the gold glitter trend and love your CAS style!

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  44. Beautiful cards! Love the modern and elegant look!

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  45. Love gold glitter and I love these cards!

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  46. Great way to add glitter to the cards! Love the detail you added to the banner stamp!

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  47. These are wonderful - I love the sparkle.

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  48. I like your use of gold glitter paper.

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  49. Your cards are terrific and I love the use of the gold glitter paper, the perfect touch to make the designs pop. You deserve a gold(glitter) ribbon for these.

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  50. Beautiful cards...love the gold glitter paper!

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  51. Some glittery goodness going on here! Thank you for sharing your meeting at CHA.

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  52. Love all that glittery gold Kryssi!

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  53. True, the glitter on CAS cards is a wonderful choice! Love them!

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  54. Beautiful!! The gold makes the card...love it!

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  55. The gold glitter is da 'bomb and looks fabulous on your amazing cards.

    So excited and happy that you had the wonderful opportunity of attending CHA. THat's something I have on my Bucket List and hope I can do myself some day!!

    Congrats on being a Hero Hostess too!

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  56. Amazing! I'm not usually the biggest fan of gold.. but I LOVE these!

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  57. too cute! love how you made the dots on the camera different colors! Thanks for sharing! kmassman gmail

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  58. So cute and I really like what you did to the banner. Great job on both cards. Thanks so much.

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  59. I love the simple but bold look of these. Great job.

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  60. Simple, but really beautiful cards! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

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  61. I'm a silver gal but am soooo intrigued by the gold, especially after seeing what you've done with it. WOW!

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  62. Love all that glitter, nice cards indeed :)

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  63. Very pretty cards! I like the diagonal stripes..and who can go wrong with glitter!?!

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  64. Great cards. The glitter paper is amazing.

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  65. Wonderful gold glitter! Beautiful cards!

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  66. YEP!! LOVING your cards and the GLITTER!! YUMMY!! I too am a GLITTER LOVER!! CONGRATS to you on being able to maintain your working career and FREINDSHIPS with Hero Arts and the gang!! That's the thing I LOVE about this industry!! Just AWESOME!! Thanks so much for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

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  67. love the gold glitter!
    thanjs
    Holly

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  68. Love the glitter!! Love how you made the banner stamp really pop!!

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  69. thanks for the great tip on shading will have to try
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  70. So, so, so ... brilliant, really!
    :D
    Good job.

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  71. Love, love your cards the shading idea is brilliant I will have to try that. The sparkle on both cards is just enough. I'm so excited that cameras are still popular and I love what you did with them. Have a great day!

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  72. Stunning use of gold glitter! So trendy~

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  73. Love the gold glitter theme. I can't use glitter on OWH cards but I can use gold ink.

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  74. I too like all the glitter, especially in gold.

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  75. Love the designs...too cool!

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  76. Super cute cards - love all the sparkle.
    isoscia@aol.com

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  77. I love all that gold glittery delight that you added to your cards. It makes the images so fantastically displayed too!

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  78. love the glittery circles. So elegant and simple

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  79. Thank's for the sparkle! Love the cards! <3

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  80. Glitter is soooo great to use on cards. Lovely job!

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  81. love the cards. clever idea to use the glitter with the black and white images. The camera card is so darn cute with all the different color buttons

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  82. Super stunning sparkle! Love how you used the glitter paper for your background. These cards capture all of the current trends - and so beautifully! Thanks for sharing.

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  83. Very special with the glittering details!

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  84. Love your cards and the simplicity. The glittery gold is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  86. Kryssi I've never been a fan of this much glitter UNTIL NOW - Your cards are clever and well thought out -I love them.

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  87. the gold does add an extra punch to CAS cards - love that little camera stamp. thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

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  88. I'm a sucker for anything glittered. LOVE your cards!!

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  89. Such fab cards - love the gold elements and your cool designs! You have such a distinctive style! Thanks for the tip on shading the banner - it looks so effective.

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  90. O WOW love love love the camera card. It is rockin. Thank you so much for sharing and the shading u did on the banner was awesome. Good job

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  91. Thank you for your kind words. /blush. It was wonderful to see you at CHA!

    - Aaron

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  92. Like the gold. Especially like the camera card since I'm fond of photography.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  93. Love the simplicity of what you’ve done. I don’t usually go for gold but think you’ve just changed my thinking on that. Thank you.

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  94. Can't go wrong with glitter :) Nice and simple, but elegant.

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  95. love the glitter on your cards! so elegant and simple!

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  96. Kryssi, these are wonderful! Love the combo of white and gold glittery goodness!

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  97. Wow, Kryssi, these are stunning ... beautifully CAS, gorgeously glittery!

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  98. WOW! I wish I could go to CHA, too! Lisa and Jennifer, along with Tim, are like rock stars we see every day on our monitors. I've learned so much from all of you at Hero Arts.

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  99. The glitter makes the black and white card so elegant

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  100. Love the gold bling. Fantastic cards.

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  101. Love your cards....the gold glitter makes them stand out beautifully with the white background....great look!!!

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  102. I love the gold glitter you used on these cards. Simple but oh so elegant. Thanks.

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  103. I am not a fan of repetative images, but your cards are clean and simple.

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  104. Beautiful cards, I love the addition of the gold glitter paper on each.

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  105. What great cards, Kryssi. I love the simplicity of the cards using the new Hero Arts stamps, yet they look so elegant because of your use of the gold glitter in the background.

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  106. Just love the glitter. Can see lots of possibilities for such a simple but 'wow' background

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  107. Your cards are picture perfect!

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  108. Yes! Gold glitter is fabulous!!! I have a drawer full of glitter, thanks for reminding me to use it! :)

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  109. Perfection! Loving the gold......

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  110. Who can resist gold? Your cards are wonderful...thanks for my inspiration of the day.

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  111. What great cards! Loving the dimension the diagonal lines give to your banner :)

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  112. love the gold glitter. great job.

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  113. I would love to attend CHA. I have followed so many blogs for so long, I feel as if I know so many folks that participate in CHA. What a wonderful group of people you are. Look forward to following along on the hop this week.

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  114. Gorgeous cards! Gotta love a glitter girl!

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  115. I love BLING! You've given me some great ideas for new bling cards! Thanks!

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  116. The gold glitter definitely made the stamps pop on the paper! I love the look!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  117. Super cards! Love the minimal use of patterns and color .. but yet you had bling! Nice.

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  118. Cute, cute cards! I love simple cards that look great and your certainly do!
    Thanks, Diane

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  119. Gold makes everything better:). Fab cards!

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  120. Love your use of the glitter paper. Very pretty.

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  121. Oh golly, I just love your sparkly gold cards, Kryssi! They are so trendy and fun! It was wonderful to finally meet you last week, wish we had more time!

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  122. Very simple cards.less is sometimes best.

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  123. REALLY gorgeous cards, Kryssi! LOVE your designs with the touch of glittery goodness!

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  124. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  125. Wonderful C & S cards...nice designs!
    Jan

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  126. Kryssi, I love your use of the gold glitter paper with the hero stamps. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm a big fan of Mama Elephant, Hero and Jennifer McGuire too. I used to own a stamp store and CHA was the highlight of the year. Hero was always to helpful and generous, and I love that their stamps are made in the US.

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  127. Great cards! I never thought of using glitter card stock that way. Thanks.

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  128. Terrific cards and using glitter cardstock to make the images pop is a great idea that I'm going to have to try!!

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  129. Wonderful cards - such an elegant look!

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  130. Awesome. I love the Glitter accents!!!!

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  131. Love your gold backgrounds! Great designs!

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  132. Very cool design, simple but with lost of punch. I love glitter!!!

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  133. Those gold touches really add interest!

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  134. Great cards. Love the gold glitter and the colic touches.

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  135. Love your CAS glitter style! Very dynamic cards.

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  136. Love the gold in your cards and the added touch of shading to each. Your cards are always beautiful and love the inspiration. Before I read the blog, I saw the picture and said, "Hey! That's my picture!" I read the blog and laughed. Would hang out and take pictures of you guys doin' your ME thang any time!!!! Hugs!

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  138. The gold just pops off the card! And I must tell you how much I agree with and enjoyed your comments about CHA and the crafting community.

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  139. Fun cards. The
    gold touch on
    both is nice.
    Love the cameras.
    Carla from Utah

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  140. Great use of gold scraps- love the concept

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  141. Love your fun cards, and the gold glitter!!

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  142. I don't do CAS well, but I could CASE yours and do fine! TFS!
    suzimetatyahoodotcom

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  143. Love the glitter! You are right, it makes everything better!

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  144. Nice to see quick cards. This gave me some great ideas

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  145. These are so cute!!! Loved the camera card!

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  146. Love your cards, Kryssi! I'm with you on the gold!!

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  147. Fabulous, love the glittery gold on these amazing cards :)

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  148. Your cards are very special, great ideas and love the gold.

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  149. I'm not a big gold user but may have to re-think after seeing your gorgeous cards.

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  150. These cards definitely represent glitter done RIGHT!

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  151. Great cards! I love the addition of gold glitter.

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  152. You can't go wrong with glitter! Love the cards.

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  153. Fabulous cards! Love the gold :)

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  154. Such elegant cards! I love the gold and glittery!

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  155. Love the glitter and gold on your classy cards!

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  156. adorable! love the glittery goodness

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  157. he gold glitter adds such fun!
    Sandra ltb

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  158. Gold and glitter are a great look! Love your camera card!

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  159. The gold really makes your projects look elegantly and I love the hand drawn shading!

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  160. Love the glitter paper. I also picked up some at CHA and can't wait to use it!

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  161. Love the cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  162. Your cards are amazing, love the gold and glitter. Thanks for sharing.

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  163. LOVE the glittery gold on your beautiful cards!

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  164. Loving the gold glitter on the card, those little polaroid cameras are so cute!

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  165. Love the detail you gave to the banner. Good idea!

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  166. Love these glitter cards! Great hopping with you too. :). Love the photos of CHA.

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  167. Love the way you put whimsical and elegant together - it really works!

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  168. The glitter really makes a bold look!

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